D3 Football: Noontime Sports New England Team Of The Year

Team of the Year

By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

With another New England Division III football season slowly winding down, it is time to dish out our Noontime Sports Team of the Year, including our Offensive, Defensive and Special Teams student-athletes of the year, as well as our Coach and Rookie of the Year, too.


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In his final season with the Eagles, Husson’s John Smith guided the squad to a 10-win season, as well as the program’s first-ever NCAA Tournament win. (Photo Courtesy: Monty Rand)

Offensive Player of the Year: John Smith (Husson University)Smith collected his third consecutive Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) Offensive Player of the Year award earlier this month before leading the Eagles of Husson to their first-ever postseason victory against Springfield College in the opening round of the NCAA Division III Tournament last weekend. Smith helped the Eagles conclude the regular season with nine wins, including seven conference victories. Smith currently leads all Division III rushers with 2,081 yards. Through 11 games this season, including his team’s recent postseason victory over the Pride, Smith has rushed for 30 touchdowns, while averaging close to 200 yards per game (189.2 yards per contest).


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Andrew Yamin led all NESCAC defenders in sacks and tackles for a loss this fall. (Photo Courtesy: Geoff Bolte, Clarus Studios Inc.)

Defensive Player of the Year: Andrew Yamin (Amherst College)Named the 2017 New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Defensive Player of the Year, Yamin concluded his third season with the Mammoths by tallying 21.5 tackles for a loss of 109 yards and 13.5 sacks for a loss of 88 yards. Additionally, he registered a career-best 38 tackles in nine games, while finishing his team’s nine game schedule with a pair of forced fumbles. Yamin becomes the second Mammoth in three seasons to earn this award, as well as the fourth student-athlete in program history to secure this particular honor (Jimmy Fairfield-Sonn earned the award in 2015). Per both the conference and Amherst releases, Yamin’s 13.5 sacks is second among the all-time NESCAC single season records.


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Spencer Herrington connected on all 44 extra points this season for the Engineers. (Photo Courtesy: WPI Athletics)

Special Teams Player of the Year: Spencer Herrington (WPI): Herrington helped the Engineers clinch their first postseason victory last Saturday in the New England Bowl against SUNY Maritime by connecting on all three kicks, including a 22-yard field goal in the second quarter, which provided the host Engineers with the lead for good. Named New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Special Teams Athlete of the Year, Herrington concluded the 2017 season with 74 points on 44 extra points and 10 field goals. His longest field goal of the season – a 41-yard boot – came in his team’s 45-0 win in September against Maine Maritime.


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Coach Raymond and Williams College concluded their 2017 campaign with an exciting overtime win over Amherst College. (PHOTO CREDIT: Williams College Athletics)

Coach of the Year: Mark Raymond (Williams College)Named the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Coach of the Year, Raymond guided the Ephs from an 0-8 campaign last season to a 6-3 finish this fall. Additionally, he guided Williams to their first win over Amherst since 2010, which provided the Ephs with a share of the Little Three crown.


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Bobby Maimaron enjoyed a successful and impressive first season with the Williams College Ephs. (PHOTO CREDIT: Williams College Athletics)

Rookie of the Year: Bobby Maimaron (Williams College)The former Duxbury Dragon enjoyed an impressive first season with the Ephs, finishing his team’s nine game schedule with 12 touchdown passes and seven rushing scores. He tossed a season-high three touchdowns in a 47-14 win over Bates, while rushing for a season-best four scores in his team’s overtime win against Amherst, including the game-winning touchdown in overtime. Maimaron was also honored by the NESCAC as this year’s Rookie of the Year.


Offense of the Year

DJ Allen | Husson University | Tight End

Sean Amaru | Curry College | Running Back

Abbi Bamgbose | UMass Dartmouth | Wide Receiver

Conrado Banky | Middlebury College | Wide Receiver

Hunter Belzo | Springfield College | Running Back

Cory Brandon | Husson University | Quarterback

Mike Breuler | Wesleyan University | Wide Receiver

Noah Brum | Worcester State | Quarterback

Max Chipouras | Trinity College | Running Back

Alex Corvese | Curry College | Quarterback

Frank Cosolito | Middlebury College | Tight End

Jake Eglintine | Springfield College | Quarterback

Quinn Fleeting | Western Connecticut | Quarterback

Moe Harris | Castleton University | Running Back

Nick Hewitt | Mount Ida College | Wide Receiver

Jack Hickey | Amherst College | Running Back

Travon Holder
| Westfield State | Running Back

Jack Lavanchy | Bridgewater State | Wide Receiver

Jared Lebowitz | Middlebury College | Quarterback

Jacob Maher | Worcester State | Tight End

Bobby Maimaron
| Williams College | Quarterback

Sean McAllen | WPI | Running Back

Mark Piccirillo | Wesleyan University | Quarterback

Sonny Puzzo | Trinity College | Quarterback

John Robertson | MIT | Running Back

Robenson Saintard | Husson University | Wide Receiver

Anthony Service | Western New England | Quarterback

John Smith | Husson University | Running Back

Jacob Szulc | Plymouth State | Wide Receiver

Trai Weaver | Anna Maria College | Wide Receiver

Jordan Wilcox | Springfield College| Running Back

Adam Wojenski | Framingham State | Quarterback

Quron Wright | Framingham State | Running Back


Offensive Lines of the Year

Framingham State Rams

Husson University Eagles

Springfield College Pride

Trinity College

Western New England


Defense of the Year

Micah Adickes | Tufts University | D-Line

Rico Aaron | Dean College | Linebacker

Wesley Becton | Middlebury College | Linebacker

Michael Bianco | Becker College | Linebacker

Luca Cerasani | WPI | D-Line

Sam Edouard | Western New England | D-Line

Joe Esposito | Plymouth State | D-Line

Nathan Fleming | Framingham State | Linebacker

Jean Gabriel | Husson University | Defensive Back

Nick Giorgio | Springfield | D-Line

Steven Grogan | Curry College | Linebacker

Chris Hattar | Williams College | D-Line

Greg Holt | Tufts University | Linebacker

Kevin Hopsicker | Middlebury College | Defensive Back

Zhaire House | Western New England | Defensive Back

Corey Jean-Jacques | Trinity College | D-Line

Kurtis Jolicoeur | Western New England | Linebacker

Sam Malafronte | WPI | Linebacker

Marvey Mathurin | UMass Dartmouth | Linebacker

Brett McEvoy | Nichols College | Linebacker

Brandon Morris | Wesleyan University | Linebacker

Brandon O’Neill | Salve Regina University | D-Line

Joshua Onujiogu | Framingham State | D-Line

Dereck Pacheco | WPI | D-Line

Marlowe Scott | Springfield College | Defensive Back

Dominique Seagears | Trinity College | Défensive Back

Quan Soyini | Husson University | Defensive Back

Joe Surace | Curry College | D-Line

Elvin Suazo, Jr. | Husson University | Linebacker

Dominic Traversa | Springfield | Linebacker

Luke Washburn | Husson University | D-Line

Andrew Yamin | Amherst College | D-Line

Zach Ziemba | Plymouth State | Defensive Back

Christian Zotti | Springfield College | Linebacker


Special Teams of the Year

Brett Fox | Endicott College | Punter 

Spencer Herrington | WPI | Kicker & Punter

Christian Humulock 
| Springfield College | Kicker

Marc Mrozek
| Curry College | Kicker 

Eric Sachse | Trinity College | Kicker


Coaches of the Year

Skip Bandini | Curry College | Commonwealth Coast Football (CCC)

Mike Cerasuolo | Springfield College | New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC)

Tom Kelley | Framingham State | Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC)

Gabby Price | Husson University | Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC)

Mark Raymond | Williams College | New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC)

WACBA Honor Roll: Women’s Basketball Week One (Tuesday, Nov. 21st)

WACBABy NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) & WACBA Hoops (@WACBAHoops)

With the first week of college basketball in the books, it is time to unveil the initial Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) Women’s Basketball Honor Roll for the 2017-18 season, including our Player and Rookie of the Week honors.


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Women’s Player of the Week: Ogechi Ezemma (Clark | Jr. | Hope Valley, R.I.): In a 2-1 week for the Cougars, Ezemma averaged a double-double of 18.0 points and 10.7 rebounds, while connecting on 71.4 percent of her free throws. She opened the season with a double-double of 19 points and 11 rebounds in her team’s 79-62 win over Fitchburg State before recording her second double-double of 14 points and 14 rebounds on the second day of the Worcester City Tournament against Becker. She netted a season-high 21 points by connecting on 10 of 12 shots from the field during her team’s 82-75 setback to Worcester State last Friday. Additionally, she recorded two blocks, one steal and one assist against the Lancers, too.


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Women’s Rookie of the WeekSam Maglione (Worcester State | Fr. | Lancaster, Mass.): Maglione averaged 10.3 points and one steal per game in a 2-1 opening week for the Blue and Gold. Overall, she shot 45.5% from the field, 41.2% from 3-point range, and a perfect 100% from the charity stripe. In the season opener, she posted 11 points on three triples and a bucket along with three swipes. In the Worcester City Tournament’s first round against Clark, Maglione logged 14 points, three rebounds, and two assists to help the Lancers secure their second win of the season. In the Championship game against WPI, she notched six points with a rebound and a steal.


Women’s Honor Roll

Maritza Gustave (Anna Maria | Sr. | Fall River, Mass.): Gustave averaged 10 points and 9.5 rebounds in a pair of games last week. She grabbed herself a double-double against Becker of 14 points and 13 caroms, while concluding the week with six points, six caroms and one steal against Ave Maria.

Idalis Miranda (Clark | Fr. | Naugatuck, Conn.): In a 2-1 week for the Cougars, Miranda averaged 14.3 points, 6.0 assists, 5.3 rebounds and 2.0 steals, while connecting on 70 percent of her free throws. In her initial collegiate contest, she recorded a double-double of 17 points and 10 rebounds, which helped Clark top Fitchburg State. She would net double-figures twice more in the week, tallying 15 against Worcester State before netting 11 against Becker. She converted her first trifecta of her college career in an 82-75 setback to Worcester State on the opening night of the Worcester City Tournament.

Kate Surprenant (Worcester State | Jr. |Pelham, N.H.): The junior guard averaged 12 points, 3.7 rebounds and 2.3 assists in a 2-1 week for the Blue and Gold. She logged six points, six rebounds and two assists in the Lancers’ opening night win at Mount Holyoke. She then recorded a career-high 20 points, going 8-for-13 from the field, in the Lancers’ 82-75 win over Clark with two rebounds, two assists and one steal. In the Worcester City Tournament Championship game against WPI, she tallied 10 points, three rebounds, and three assists. Overall this week, she shot 66.7% from the field, and 75% from the free throw line.

Ama Biney (WPI | Sr. | Worcester, Mass.): Biney averaged 15 points to go with eight rebounds, four steals and two assists en route to repeat Most Valuable Player (MVP) honors and the program’s fourth consecutive title at the annual Worcester City Tournament. In Saturday’s title game versus Worcester State, Biney scored 22 points, six rebounds and three steals. The fourth quarter saw the local product personally tie the Lancers with eight points.

WACBA Honor Roll: Men’s Basketball Week One (Tuesday, Nov. 21st)

WACBABy NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) & WACBA Hoops (@WACBAHoops)

With the first week of college basketball in the books, it is time to unveil the initial Worcester Area College Basketball Association (WACBA) Men’s Basketball Honor Roll for the 2017-18 season, including our Player and Rookie of the Week honors.


Kareem Davis WACBAMen’s Player of the WeekKareem Davis (Becker | Jr. | Lowell, Mass.): Davis was dominant to start the season, averaging 25 points per game with 5.5 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 2.5 steals. Davis shot 53.6 percent from the floor and 50 percent from behind the arc for the week, demonstrating the same deadly shooting that saw him win the 2017 New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) Championships’ Most Valuable Player (MVP) honor. First, against Anna Maria, Davis scored 24 points as the Hawks narrowly fell to the AMCATS in overtime, 75-74 (OT). Then, at Brandeis, the Hawks were down by nine with four minutes to go before Davis led a rally for the win, leading Becker with 26 points and seven boards.


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Men’s Rookie of the Week: Tyler Davern (Clark | Fr. | Webster, Mass.): In a 1-2 week for the Cougars, Davern averaged 19.7 points and 6.3 rebounds per game, while connecting on 53.3 percent of his three-pointers. Davern was perfect at the stripe, sinking all five free-throws, while netting a career and season-best 31 points in his team’s 84-82 setback to Haverford. Against the Fords, Davern was 12 of 16 from the floor, including four of six from beyond the arc. He registered eight rebounds (five on defense, three on offense), while concluding the game with one block. Davern currently leads the unit in points per game (19.7).


Men’s Honor Roll:

Mike Rapoza (Anna Maria | Soph. | Charlton, Mass.): Rapoza averaged 19.7 points and 12.3 rebounds in three games last week. He connected on 57.1 percent of his shots from the field, while concluding his team’s copntests against Becker and Salve Regina with double-doubles. Additionally, he netted 20 points, while recording eight rebounds, including seven defensive caroms in his team’s 74-61 setback to Wesleyan.

Luca McCormick (Clark | Jr.| Fort Lauderdale, Fla.): In a 1-2 week for the Cougars, McCormick averaged 17 points and seven rebounds, while netting a season-best 22 points during his team’s 78-74 setback to Mt. St. Vincent on Sunday. Against Mt. St. Vincent, McCormick connected on 7 of 14 shots from the field, while sinking four of eight three-pointers. He also matched his free throw total against Worcester State by sinking four of eight attempts. Against Haverford, McCormick recorded his initial double-double of the season with 15 points and 12 rebounds in an 84-82 setbcack.

DeAnte Bruton (Nichols | Soph. | New London, Conn.): DeAnte Bruton helped lead the Bison to a 2-0 mark this week with wins over Newbury and Lasell by averaging 21.5 points on 52% shooting to go with 3.0 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 2.0 steals per game. In a 117-72 win over Newbury, Bruton scored 16 of his 19 points in the second half and added five assists, five rebounds and two steals. He followed that up with 24 points, and two steals in a 91-80 win over Lasell.

Cal Howes (Worcester State | Soph. | Maynard, Mass.): The sophomore guard averaged 19 points and five rebounds in an 0-3 week for the Blue and Gold. Howes recorded 14 points, including three triples, and seven rebounds in the Lancers’ Midnight Mayhem season opener against Clark on Wednesday morning. In the Lancers’ setback to seventh-ranked Babson on Saturday, he registered 17 points – he was a perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line – while recording six rebounds and two steals. In the final game of the week, Howes posted a career-high 26 points against Regis. He made 10-of-16 (62.5%) field goals, four of which were 3-pointers (50% 3-point percentage).

Erik Bjorn (Worcester State | Fr. | Holden, Mass.): The rookie averaged 11 points, 5.7 rebounds, and 2.3 assists in an 0-3 week for the Blue and Gold. He recorded 12 points, five rebounds and four assists in the Midnight Mayhem season opener against Clark, posting six points, six rebounds, two steals, and an assist in a setback to seventh-ranked Babson, while registering 15 points with six rebounds and two assists in his team’s setback to Regis on Sunday. He shot an overall 50% from the field throughout the course of the week.

Reid Walker (WPI | Fr. | Lithia, Fla.): Walker averaged 11.5 points and a team-best 6.0 rebounds per game to go with a team-high six assists, as well as three steals in the Engineers opening weekend. He was one of three rookies to make a significant impact in game one versus UMaine Farmington on Friday evening.

D3 Football: Noontime Sports Team Of The Week (Mon. Nov. 20th)

Noontime Team Week

By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

Following a busy weekend of NCAA Division III Tournament games, along with a pair of New England Bowls, too, it is time to unveil this week’s Noontime Sports Team of the Week.

Offensive Player of the Week: Adam Wojenski (Framingham State): Wojenski was tabbed the New England Bowl Most Valuable Player (MVP) after tossing five touchdowns – all in the first half – which helped the Rams of Framingham State capture their second-straight bowl crown. Wojenski concluded the game 19 of 28 for 246 yards.

Defensive Player of the Week: Nathan Fleming (Framingham State): Against Curry, Fleming registered nine total tackles, including four solo stops, two tackles for a loss of 15 yards, one sack for a loss of 14 yards and one forced fumble.

Special Teams Player of the Week: Devin Pickett (Husson): Pickett connected on all three boots, including a 22-yard field goal mid-way through the fourth quarter, which helped the Eagles score their first-ever NCAA Tournament win over Springfield. Pickett concluded the contest with five points.


Offense of the Week

Dante Aiken (WNE): Aiken led all rushers with a game-high 98 yards on 21 carries (4.7 yards per carry) in his team’s NCAA Division III Tournament setback to Delaware Valley.

Hunter Belzo (Springfield): Belzo led the Pride with 113 yards rushing on nine carries (12.6 yards per carry), while registering one touchdown.

Shaquille Joseph (Framingham State): Joseph led all Framingham State receivers with seven grabs for 72 yards, while catching the game’s initial touchdown pass.

John Smith (Husson): Against Springfield, Smith rushed for a game-high 164 yards on 43 carries and two scores as the Eagles stunned the Pride in the opening round of the NCAA Division III Tournament.

Spencer Tyler (Curry): Tyler concluded his team’s New England Bowl contest against Framingham State with a game-high nine receptions for 75 yards and one touchdown. He also threw a touchdown to quarterback Alex Corvese in the second half.

Jordan Wilcox (Springfield): Wilcox concluded his team’s game against Husson by tallying 111 yards on 22 carries (5.0 yards per carry), while rushing for a pair of touchdowns.

Quron Wright (Framingham State): Wright concluded last Saturday’s New England Bowl with 109 yards of total offense, including 60 yards on 16 carries and four receptions for 49 yards and two touchdowns.


Defense of the Week

Luca Cerasani (WPI): Cerasani concluded his team’s New England Bowl against SUNY Maritime with seven total tackles, including six solo stops, four tackles for a loss of 18 yards and two sacks for a loss of 14 yards. He also recorded one pass break-up, too.

Nick Giorgio (Springfield): Giorgio concluded his team’s contest with Husson by tallying seven total tackles, including five solo stops, two tackles for a loss of 10 yards, one sack for a loss of nine yards and one forced fumble.

Tim Huffam (WNE): Against Delaware Valley in the opening round of the NCAA Division III Tournament, Huffam paced the Golden Bears’ defense with 10 total tackles, including five solo stops, one-and-a-half tackles for a loss of eight yards and a sack for a loss of seven yards.

Sam Malafronte (WPI): Malafronte concluded his team’s New England Bowl with a team-high nine total tackles, including seven solo stops and one tackle for a loss of two yards.

Joshua Onujiogu (Framingham State): Onujiogu recorded four total tackles, including a trio of solo stops, a pair of tackles for a loss of 13 yards and one pass break-up in his team’s New England Bowl victory.

Matt Shea (Plymouth State): Against Brockport in the opening round of the NCAA Division III Tournament, Shea recorded a game-high 12 total tackles, including eight solo stops.

Elvin Suazo, Jr. (Husson): Suazo Jr. recorded a team-high 11 total tackles, including four solo stops, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery in his team’s first-ever NCAA Tournament win against Springfield.

Dominic Traversa (Springfield): Against Husson, Traversa paced the Pride’s defense with a game-high 13 total stops, including five solo tackles, one fumble recovery and one tackles for a loss of two yards.

Cody Wlasuk (Framingham State): Wlasuk concluded his team’s 11th game of the season by recording seven total tackles, including five solo stops, two tackles for a loss of 14 yards, one sack for a loss of 10 yards, one pass break-up and one interception returned for nine yards.

Christian Zotti (Springfield): Zotti concluded his team’s contest against Husson with 11 total tackles, including five solo stops, one tackle for a loss, one forced fumble, one interception returned for 24 yards and one pass break-up.


Special Teams of the Week

Ryan Clifford (Framingham State): Clifford connected on six of seven extra point attempts in his team’s 48-14 New England Bowl victory last Saturday.

Spencer Herrington (WPI): Herrington concluded his team’s New England Bowl by connecting on all three kicks, including a 22-yard field goal in the second quarter, which provided the host Engineers with the lead for good.

D3 Basketball: Noontime Sports Women’s Basketball Top 10 Poll (Mon. Nov. 20th)

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By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports)

With the first official week of a brand new season of New England Division III basketball season in the books, it is time to dish out our initial Top 10 Women’s Basketball Poll.

Our weekly poll will be posted every Monday throughout the season and will be put together with the help of a brand new Noontime Sports New England college basketball committee, which is made-up of athletic communication directors/sports information directors, coaches and media members.

As always, make sure to stay connected with Noontime Sports on Facebook and Twitter, while subscribing to our YouTube channel.

Women’s Basketball Poll (Week One: Monday, November 20th, 2017) 

  1. Tufts (7) (2-0)
  2. Amherst (3) 2-0
  3. Bowdoin (2-0)
  4. UMass Dartmouth (2-0)
  5. Babson (2-0)
  6. UNE (3-0)
  7. Williams (2-0)
  8. Trinity (2-0)
  9. Roger Williams (2-1)
  10. Westfield State (2-1)

ON THE RISE: Castleton (3-0), Conn. College (1-1), Middlebury (2-0), MIT (1-1), Smith (3-0), Springfield (2-1) and WPI (2-0).

D3 Basketball: Noontime Sports Men’s Basketball Top 10 Poll (Mon. Nov. 20th)

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By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

With the first official week of a brand new season of New England Division III basketball season in the books, it is time to dish out our initial Top 10 Men’s Basketball Poll.

Our weekly poll will be posted every Monday throughout the season and will be put together with the help of a brand new Noontime Sports New England college basketball committee, which is made-up of athletic communication directors/sports information directors, coaches and media members.

As always, make sure to stay connected with Noontime Sports on Facebook and Twitter, while subscribing to our YouTube channel.

Men’s Basketball Poll (Week One: Monday, November 20th, 2017) 

  1. Williams (7) (2-0)
  2. Middlebury (2-0)
  3. Tufts (1) (1-1)
  4. Endicott (2-0)
  5. Babson (2) 2-1
  6. MIT (2-0)
  7. Nichols (2-0)
  8. Eastern Conn. (2-0)
  9. Amherst (2-0)
  10. Keene State (1-1)

ON THE RISE: Albertus Magnus (0-1), Bowdoin (2-0), Hamilton (2-0), Husson (1-0), Keene State (1-1) Trinity (2-0), Springfield (1-0), Roger Williams (3-0), Southern Vermont (2-0), UMass Dartmouth (2-1), WPI (1-1) and Wesleyan (2-0).

D3 Football: Final Noontime Sports New England Football Top 10 Poll

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By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

With another season of New England Division III Football slowly winding down, it is time to dish out our final Noontime Sports Top 10 poll.

We will be wrapping-up the 2017 season later this week, while previewing the Husson-Delaware Valley second round NCAA Tournament match-up, too.

As always, thank you all for staying connected with us over the past few month, as well as all the support, and we will look forward to seeing you all back on the gridiron real soon.

  1. Trinity College (8-1, 8-1 NESCAC) 
  2. Springfield College (10-1, 7-0 NEWMAC) 
  3. Husson University (10-1, 7-0 ECFC) 
  4. Framingham State (10-1, 7-1 MASCAC) 
  5. WPI (9-2, 6-1 NEWMAC) 
  6. Western New England (8-3, 5-0 CCC) 
  7. Plymouth State (9-2, 8-0 MASCAC) 
  8. Curry College (8-3, 4-1 CCC) 
  9. Amherst College (7-2, 7-2 NESCAC) 
  10. MIT (7-3, 5-2 NEWMAC) 

On The Rise: Middlebury College (7-2, 7-2 NESCAC) and William College (6-3, 6-3 NESCAC)